In an endeavor to safeguard standardization of solar components across India’s solar power ecosystem, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced that it has released a draft quality control order for Solar Thermal Systems, in accord with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) guidelines.
The ministry has by now declared the quality control order for Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) Systems.
As per the draft order, a manufacturer or seller of solar thermal systems will now have to list with BIS to attain a Standard Mark. The order has also forbidden storage, sale, import or distribution of solar thermal systems by manufacturers or by any person on behalf of a manufacturer which does not bear the Standard Mark.
Though, the manufacturers of solar thermal systems meant for exports are relieved from the requirement of applying for a Standard Mark from BIS.
Solar thermal systems which do not imitate to the specified standard will have to be distorted beyond use and disposed of as scrap by the domestic manufacturer or by the representative of an overseas manufacturer.
In order to warrant compliance of the guidelines, MNRE can seek information along with sample of goods from the manufacturers on the systems any time. The ministry can also inspect the systems at any point in time. In cases of contravention, the ministry can also search and seize goods. In cases where the solar thermal systems are of varying size and rating, the goods will be grouped and granted series approval.
A sample of solar thermal systems of a registered user will be drawn from his manufacturing unit or from the market for ascertaining their conformity to the standards. The samples will be drawn at least once in two years for a product or series of products covered under the scope of registration granted.
The ministry has requested comments from the general public and the germane stakeholders by 8 April 2019.
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